The Branch County Community Foundation offers a variety of options for donors to personalize their philanthropy. They may establish a named fund, and they may be involved in suggesting grants from the dollars generated by their funds. They may receive regular communication from the Foundation staff about community needs and initiatives. It's a personalized and efficient way to give.
Gift Acceptance Policies This policy covers they types of gift the Community Foundation accepts and provides guidance to prospective donors and their advisors when making gifts to the Community Foundation. For additional information or to ask about your particular situation, please contact us!
Sample Fund Agreements Fund agreements can be written to create funds that are permanently endowed, long-term (principal can be spent), or temporary. With the exception of the special project fund sample agreement, the following samples are for permanently endowed funds. Please contact us to receive a sample of a long-term or temporary fund agreement for any of the fund types you see below.
Memorial Funds When a loved one dies, keeping their memory alive through memorial gifts is one way of honoring their life, finding comfort, and preserving their memory. The Branch County Community Foundation is honored to accept memorial contributions as a fitting tribute to those who have enriched our lives and our community. Visiting the Memorial Gift Program page will provide more details and access to the memorial gift donation form.
Unrestricted Funds The most flexible funds within the Foundation, unrestricted funds are those for which the donor allows the Foundation discretion in the use of the annual income for a broad range of community projects. This provides the Community Foundation the opportunity to respond to changing community needs.
Field-of-Interest Funds With field-of-interest funds, the donor directs the Community Foundation to utilize the annual income in a certain program area. The Community Foundation determines the specific grant recipients.
An educational Field-of-Interest Fund can be used for scholarships, but can also be used for other types of educational support. When deciding what type of fund to create, consider what $500 can do for one college student, and then consider what $500 could do for a 5th grade science class of 25 students.
Designated Funds Designated funds are funds in which a donor has specified the charitable recipient, or recipients, of the income at the time the fund is established.
Donor Advised Funds Donor advised funds allow the donor to actively participate in the grantmaking process by recommending to the Community Foundation the purpose and organizations that receive the annual income. Recommendations are referred to the Community Foundation's Board of Directors for approval. Many advised funds become unrestricted on the death of the donor or at the end of a specified period.
Temporary donor advised funds work just like an endowed fund with the exception that the minimum establishing gift is $1,000. Use this option for end-of-year giving to multiple charities. You can write a single check or give stock to your community foundation, get one gift acknowledgment for tax purposes, and still make gifts to several charities. For a sample agreement for this type of fund, please contact us.
Organizational Funds Other nonprofit organizations often place their endowment funds within the Community Foundation for management and investment purposes. The Community Foundation regularly distributes the annual income back to these agencies to help them accomplish their charitable purposes.
Special Project Funds These funds are created to support grassroots fund raising efforts. Groups of citizens can focus on reaching their goals and let us keep track of donations and pay expenses. Scholarships Scholarship funds are field-of-interest funds that awards grants to individuals for tuition and education-related expenses at tax-exempt educational institutions---such as a college/university or vocational/technical institute, commercial art school, school of nursing, or other accredited institution of higher education.
The Community Foundation does not award scholarship grants to provide funds for room and board or travel expenses because these are taxable to the recipient and therefore are not charitable in nature.